Personnel: Walter Davis, Jr. (piano); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Sam Jones (bass); Art Taylor (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 2, 1959. Originally released on Blue Note (84018). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg.
This is part of the Blue Note Limited Edition Connoisseur series.
Jazz pianist Walter Davis Jr. is one of those solid, dependable accompanists--for Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Max Roach, and others--whose worth sometimes gets taken for granted. DAVIS CUP, Davis's debut as a leader, was originally released in 1959 and remains a hard-bop fan's delight. Davis's style is a nigh on perfect synthesis of the mercurial bebop of Bud Powell and the thoughtful cool of Thelonious Monk. With a group that's quintessentially Blue Note (Jackie McLean, pre-funk Donald Byrd, Art Taylor, and Sam Jones) and a program of earnestly swinging originals, Davis's CUP surely runneth over in the best possible way.